Eloxatin, with the generic name of Oxaliplatin, is a cancer medication that counteracts the growth of cancer cells. Eloxatin works by slowing down the growth and spread of the said cells in the body.
Eloxatin is specially formulated to treat:
- Rectum cancer;
- Colon cancer;
It is often given with other anti-cancer medicines or when other treatments are not working.
Inform your doctor if you are suffering from any of the medical conditions below before taking Eloxatin:
- Allergy to platinum or platinum-containing products such as the cancer medicines cisplatin (platinol) and carboplatin (paraplatin);
- Kidney disease;
- Numbness in your hands or feet;
- Poor bone marrow function;
- Poor nutritional state;
- Previous treatment with another chemotherapy medicine;
Eloxatin belongs to a class of drugs known as FDA Pregnancy Category D. This entails that it is likely to cause harm to an unborn child. Should you be pregnant or planning to be, have a talk with your doctor first before taking Eloxatin.
It is not certain if Eloxatin passes into breast milk. Breastfeeding moms are therefore suggested to see their doctor prior to deciding to take Eloxatin.
Eloxatin must be taken as directed by your doctor. If there is any instruction that appears unclear to you, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Dosage and frequency of Eloxatin are decided by your doctor, depending on the severity and the type of cancer being treated.
You may need to undergo special monitoring during the Eloxatin treatment period.
Unless directed by your doctor, Eloxatin must not be double dosed. Should you miss a dose of Eloxatin, inform your doctor immediately.
Symptoms of over dosage may include:
- Difficulty in breathing;
- Sensations such as burning, pricking, tickling, or tingling;
In any of the cases above, seek immediate medical attention.
Should you experience any of the severe reactions as listed below, see your doctor:
- Allergic reactions (such as difficulty breathing; sudden cough; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; rash or hives);
- Decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; or fever, chills, or signs of infection such as redness or swelling at the intravenous site, pain on swallowing, cough that brings up mucous, sore throat, shivering or pain on urination);
- Diarrhea, frequent bowel movements or watery stools;
- Signs of dehydration (too much water loss) such as, tiredness, thirst, dry mouth, lightheadedness, dizziness and decreased urination);
- Signs of nerve damage such as: becoming very sensitive to cold temperatures and cold objects, trouble breathing, swallowing or saying words, jaw tightness, odd feelings in your tongue, chest pressure, pain, tingling, burning, a "pins and needles" feeling or a numbing of your hands, feet or around your mouth or throat;
- Swelling of hands, legs or feet;
- Vomiting that is persistent;
Continue use of Eloxatin and inform your doctor if you observe minor effects such as:
- A dry cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- Back pain;
- Fatigue or weakness;
- Mild to moderate diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite;
- Sores in the mouth or throat;
For other symptoms not mentioned that are particularly causing discomfort by using Eloxatin, tell your doctor immediately.
Never receive live vaccines while under treatment with Eloxatin as this may be dangerous.
Have a talk with your doctor before deciding to take other prescribed or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Eloxatin may also be known as: